MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — A weak tornado touched down at a commercial building in New Jersey, flipping over a car and causing roof damage before dissipating, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.
Surveillance video showed the EF-0 "landspout" tornado with winds up to 70 mph touching down at the Mount Laurel building shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
"It touched down in the parking lot of the building, flipped the car and moved over the building, then dissipated when it was over the building. It was very brief," meteorologist Alex Staarmann of the weather service office in Mount Holly said.
The tornado pulled back portions of roofing material causing the roof to bow, and also tore two air conditioning units from the roof, the weather service said in a statement. In addition, "ceiling tiles were also dislodged throughout the interior of the building," the weather service said.
"Initially, I thought it was a hailstorm, then the ceiling tiles started to lift up and something big was coming through. It was like a freight train," said Robert Deal, service manager at Castle Windows, told the Burlington County Times. Twenty-five to 30 people in the building were evacuated, Deal said. The gas was shut off as a precaution, authorities said.
The Mount Laurel fire department posted surveillance video of the car flipping over and separate video of a funnel cloud with cars driving past.